Last year, Android Pie launched to tepid applause. At the time, most Android users were still waiting for the previous year’s Android Oreo update. Half a year later, the same story continues. Android Pie has only started to trickle down to consumers within the past few months.
Still, despite Android’s abysmal distribution, life goes on. Google is already developing Android Q. More details are gradually coming out as we near the traditional launch period. Currently, the early build has confirmed a system-wide dark mode.
Now, a newer build has revealed more upcoming features. Based on 9to5Google’s digging, Android Q will come with facial recognition, screen recording, and easier emergency contacting.
Facial recognition has been a feature for some Android phones already. Sadly, Android’s current version relies on image processing: scanning the image of a face, rather than the face itself. As such, the version is easily bypassed by pointing the correct photo at it.
Based on the new APK, Android Q will finally implement support for a more secure dot projector. Currently, Apple already uses the technology for its Face ID feature. Although Apple is already the first, Google’s own implementation will surely increase the system’s security.
Additionally, Android Q will have improved screen recording. Usually, Android phones need third-party software to record the screen. Only a handful of phones can record using pre-installed software.
Finally, a more accessible emergency contact button is coming to Android. Right now, the button lies in the lock screen. Its current location is still the most tactical, offering a discreet strategy during emergency situations. However, the button is hard to access if you’re already on the home screen. As such, Android Q will add another button on the home screen.
In the coming months, Android Q will likely launch more revolutionary features. However, today’s leaks are already painting an optimistic future for Android.